Monday, October 24, 2016

Conference Weekend

Amali Park in Showground
We finally had the chance to watch general conference over here in Santo!!  It would have been wonderful, I'm sure, if any of us had been able to understand it!  The translation quality into Bislama was awful and they didn't have it available in English.  Most of the people there were only able to understand four or five words of every talk!  However, we were able to get three new investigators to come!  I just hope they were able to feel the spirit just from being there.  Now I just have to wait for the Liahona magazine so that I can read and understand the talks myself!

Elsie is one of the investigators that we were able to get to church.  She is 17 years old and a Seventh Day Adventist, but hasn't been to that church in a long time.  We taught her about faith the other day.  She told us about an experience she had last year just three months before the school year finished.  Her Mom called her and told her they didn't have money to pay for her school fees.  She would have to not attend school for the next three months, and then take the test at the end of the year and hope she passed.  Elsie said she prayed and studied and prayed and studied, and at the end of the three months she was able to take the test and pass.  She said it took a lot of faith and trust in God, but she knows that God helped her and He is the reason she passed her final.  She is incredible and loves to invite her friends to story with us as well.
Sunset on the beach
Elsie has been a highlight because we got a call from Mama Veronica and Lilly this past week saying that they didn't have time to story with us for the next month.  We're not exactly sure what happened, but I think the pastor from their church must have talked to them.  We are keeping them in our prayers and trusting that God will eventually help them find a way to join the church.  They are wonderful mamas and we will miss teaching them. 

Eta was also set for baptism this week, but her uncle (who she is living with at the moment) wouldn't allow it.  She will move back to Malekula (another island is Vanuatu) the beginning of next month.  There she will be baptized.  Her parents and other siblings are all getting baptized this coming week.  We are thankful that even though she couldn't be baptized this week she will be able to move back to Malekula and be with her family.  They will all be able to grow together.

I love this gospel, and I love teaching it to others.  It's amazing to see how just sharing a little bit of the truth with others can change their lives; it really makes everything else worth it.  I love you all and hope you have a great week!

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